Everybody is going to stress out about something at some point or another. It is what you do with that stress that will either make you or break you.
I believe that God doesn’t want us as Christians to stress. He wants us to enjoy life and be happy in our service to Him.
What is Stress? Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
Stress is a mental issue that starts to affect your physical health and your outlook on life if not taken care of.
Stress is an individual emotion that you end up taking out on those around you. You cannot let other people and circumstances affect you in such a way that you become stressed out.
God has given us some simple steps on how to live a stress free life. Notice I said stress-free life, not problem-free life. We will always have problems in life, but if we learn to “let go and let God” we will not be stressed out over those problems.
Let’s look at three things to having a stress-free life.
1. Be Positive
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
The first step to having no stress is be positive. God tells us to rejoice and than He says after you rejoice, rejoice again. I have never seen a negative person full of joy and I have never seen a stressed out person full of joy. Stop for a moment and look at your life and see everything you are blessed with. Whenever I think I have it rough, I remind myself that someone, somewhere is worse off than I am. If God has blessed you with salvation, you have no reason to stress yet every reason to rejoice. I could go on and on with reasons to rejoice but it all comes down to what you are looking at and what you are letting affect you in your life. If you want to focus on the things that cause you stress than go ahead, but I’m telling you that when you turn your eyes on God and look on all His blessings you will forget why you are stressed because you will be rejoicing in the goodness of God.
2. Be Prayerful
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6
The second thing we need to do is pray. Pray and ask God for help through the stressful times. God wants to help you, He is waiting for you to ask! Too many times, the Christian tries to shoulder the heavy load in this world when the Lord said to cast your cares upon Him. Praying and asking the Lord for help is probably the best stress reliever there is.
3. Have a Proper mindset
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
When I read this verse, I think of the Word of God, I think of the Bible. It is a true Book, a honest Book, a just Book, a pure Book, a lovely Book, it is a Book of good report, it is full of virtue and praise. If you fill your mind with the Word of God, stress will have no room. The proper mindset, thinking on the things of God, is an absolute must to rid yourself of stress. When you think more on your problems and issues that you are going through than on the Word of God, you will end up being stressed.
Do you want a stress-free life?
Have the Proper mindset!
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
The first Mountain Dew’er I want to bring to your attention is Noah.
Noah and the Mountain of Faith
Noah has become one of my favorite Bible characters over the last few months. The lessons we can learn as a Christian on how to live in the last days are amazing.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5
God looked down out of Heaven and saw an earth full of people made in the image of Himself but living like the devil. In vs. 7 it says that the Lord was grieved in His heart. God was sad that he had created man, that man would turn his back on Him and not even acknowledge that he was God. He was so grieved that he set out to destroy man from the face of the earth.
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8
God in his anger and sadness of how mankind how turned their back him noticed ONE man, Noah. Noah amidst all the wickedness and evil on the earth walked with God. Noah’s FAITH in God played a big part in his life. He wasn’t worried about what was going on in the world around him, he wasn’t concerned that he was the only one walking with God, He just continued to walk with God.
“Make thee an ark of gopher wood;” Genesis 6:14
Can you imagine the thoughts running through Noah’s head when God told him to build an ark? Can you imagine the questions that Noah had? Noah’s FAITH was on display as he put those first two pieces of wood together to start building. He had no idea what was going to happen. These are probably some of the questions that were running through Noah’s head…
– What’s an ark?
– What’s a flood?
– How is something that big supposed to float?
– God seriously wants me to get on this thing with all these animals?
“Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” Genesis 6:22
Although it all sounded ridiculous, Noah had faith that God knew what He was talking about and he obeyed the commands of God. He built the ark according to God’s blueprint, loaded it according to God’s instruction and fulfilled all the commands of God. The world around Noah continued to live wickedly, they mocked him and told him he was crazy; yet Noah remained faithful to God.
The rain started to fall…
The flood waters started to rise…
God shut the door of the ark…
The wicked people realized they were on the wrong side of the door…
Only Noah and his family were saved, because of Noah’s faith…
“And God remembered Noah” Genesis 8:1
This is one of my favorite phrases in the Bible. During the flood and the rain, God never forgot about Noah. God made the waters abate and soon enough the ark came to rest. “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the MOUNTAINS of Ararat.” Genesis 8:4
Noah, because he was FAITHFUL, came out on a mountain. Noah was FAITHFUL to God and God was faithful to Noah.
Things to learn from Noah and the Mountain of Faith
1. In a wicked world, Noah still lived for and walked with God.
We as Christians CAN continue to live a Christian life, holy and separated unto the Lord. We do not have to be like every one else and conform to the world. God is looking for that one person that no matter what is going on around them, that will still walk with God.
2. Noah didn’t understand what God had planned, but he still obeyed the commands of God.
We may not understand everything that God has commanded us to do, but if we obey His commands we will be blessed. If Noah would have done one thing different, he would have not survived the flood. As a Christian, God has given us a blueprint on how to survive while living in this wicked world, forget to follow one command or try to do something your own way and life may end up in a flood of trials and troubles that you cannot imagine!
3. Noah ended up on top of a mountain because of the faith he had in God.
The mountain top can only be reached after the troubles and trials. Noah built the ark for 120 years, he had faith in God for a long time and God rewarded that faith. We may not see the end or the light in our troubles and dark times but always remember that through everything that God puts us through, He has a mountaintop for us to stand on.
4. God remembered Noah.
If you have faith in God, He will remember you. He will not leave you to sail through the storm on your on. He will not leave you to climb up the mountain by yourself. The Christian life is not always easy but the best thing about it is that God will never forget you. If you want God to be faithful to you, than you have to be faithful to God.
Do you have the faith that it takes to end up on the Mountaintop of Faith?
“I can DO all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13